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Sanpapié – Amigdala

AMIGDALA pursues the Compagnia Sanpapié‘s research towards a “public dance” conceived as a shared experience of audience and performers in urban and natural venues, architectures, buildings, theatres: spectators are invited inside the performance itself, sharing concrete spaces that cancel distances and renounce filters. Music, words and sounds are given back through a system of silent-disc headphones that allows maximum dynamism through the urban setting in spontaneous and daily movement.

A walking performance through the spaces of the Fonderia.


Choreography Lara Guidetti
Original music and sound design Francesco Arcuri
Visual and costumes Nani Walz
Texts Saverio Bari with Gianluca Bonzani 
Voice Beatrice Casiroli
With Fabrizio Calanna, Sofia Casprini, Luis Fernando Colombo, Gioele Cosentino, Matteo Sacco, Lara Viscuso

Production Sanpapié and Milanoltre Festival
With the support of Teatri di Vita/programma Artisti nei territori della Regione Emilia-Romagna and Officine CAOS/Residenza Multidisciplinare Arte Transitiva Regione Piemonte in the sphere of the CURA 2021 Project.

In collaboration with Cluster TAV – TechForLife Cluster Lombardo Tecnologie per gli Ambienti di Vita, Dr. Antonella Monteleone, IEO Institute and patients of the project We Will Care

The dance occupies the space in its contemporary and abstractive dimension through compositions and ruptures in constant evolution that do not allow a linear narrative, but open to a common, emotional, energetic and empathic feeling. The shaping of the performance on the specific characteristics of each place and the inclusion of the people moving in the choreographic design and in the musical composition, create a space of common freedom where you can choose and change point of view, position and relationship with the stage action.

AMIGDALA deals with the mechanism of trauma, defined as that event produced in the organism by any agent capable of sudden and very rapid action, which causes general alterations, change, transformation, evolution. The organism is meant as the human body, the social body, common space and perceived time. It could be an illness, an accident, an earthquake, a social or economic crisis, a birth or a death, but each time we would be faced with the need to reorganise and recreate a system that has shattered and split in order to generate itself again.

AMIGDALA, as the title suggests, explores what happens in our cerebral amygdalae at that point of rupture and transformation, investigates what our common dynamics of reaction and perception are, and goes on to investigate how our emotional, bodily and social intelligence behaves in the face of change.

AMIGDALA is an emotional exploration, a choral work, a pagan and contemporary dance that celebrates the individual as a fundamental part of extended systems that break down and rebuild in the carousel of existence and time. It is a unique dancing organism, a fragmented social body in continuous metamorphosis that challenges itself in the fall and in the change, exorcising with the body the fear of diversity and of the unknown, losing identities and inventing new ones. There is no single style or form for dance: the body continuously loses and reshapes itself in response to external stimuli, becoming the scene of elusive dynamics.

The music, composed by Francesco Arcuri, comes from a composition he made during the first lockdown in 2020, then opened, fragmented and recomposed through rhythmic and sound explorations made with “broken” objects and musical instruments, that is, that have lost their main function but are provoked to a new sound and rehabilitated in the music.
Voices and testimonies of real people who have offered their own stories following a trauma and words directed to the spectators, enter the sound fabric and then leave it in an attempt to generate in the audience a direct experience of the functioning of their amygdalae and the emergence of emotions.

TAV- cluster of Lombardy for living environments, supported the first phase of topic research through workshops with experts, clinicians, psychotherapists, neuroscientists and caregivers, while the patients of the We Will Care project, created the bridge with reality, giving Amigdala their time, their stories and their voices.

AMIGDALA, before being a performance, wants to be a shared experience: a way to experience the real space through the ephemeral presence of dance in order to imagine it as well as see it, to inhabit it as well as go through it. It is a provocation and a game, an invitation and an occupation, a macabre dance to exorcise fear and re-establish the ritual of celebration.

Sanpapié was born in 2008 from the will of four newly graduated young people: Lara Guidetti, dancer and choreographer, Sarah Chiarcos, playwright, Marcello Gori, musician, and Fabio Ferretti, organizer, They were all interested in investigating the depths of their artistic research without forgetting their Excel sheets. Like all companies, in 13 years it has gone through very different phases and seasons lost pieces only to find them again, missed trains, and won fundings, but one thing that it has never done is to betray its original spirit: looking for the most special and impervious way to reach to the heart of the beholder.

Sanpapié has been and continues to be the home of a group of artists and producers in continuous motion, constantly looking for new stimuli and new challenges. An extended family from Emilia-Milanese-Romagna-Genoese (with flashes of Campania, Puglia, Sicily, and Tuscany) has not been afraid of growing and turning into a virtuous cultural enterprise.

From 2015 to 2017, Sanpapié has received the contribution of MiBACT as a dance production company; from 2017 to 2019 it won the Funder35 call of the Cariplo Foundation; from 2018 to 2020 it has obtained the contribution for ‘continuous activity by the Municipality of Milan and in its history, it has performed in Italy, in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Portugal as well as China.


Full price: 9 euro
Reduced price under 30, dance schools, Liceo Coreutico Matilde di Canossa, over 65: 6 euro
Under 8: free

In compliance with anti-Covid regulations, tickets can only be purchased online at www.biglietteriafonderia39.it up to one hour before the performance.
Therefore tickets cannot be booked by phone or by e-mail.

The ticket service in the Fonderia is suspended.

Tickets are not numbered.

You can enter the Fonderia 15 minutes before the performance, showing your online purchase.
At the entrance, the temperature will be tested and if the temperature exceeds 37.5°C, you will not be allowed to enter and you must fill in the Covid self-certification form.
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